National Lottery Community Fund - Climate Action Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.

The new fund will build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community. The funder has said that types of activities will differ from place to place, but will have one thing in common: the ability to deliver high impact community-led climate action. This includes in areas such as sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption, food and protecting and regenerating spaces and habitats.

The new fund is being launched as the level of concern over climate change continues to rise, with 80% of the public saying they are very or fairly concerned about climate change. The National Lottery Community Fund also today revealed that it’s exploring ways to support the wider sector and its grantees to help them mitigate their impact on the climate, for example via its Climate Action Top-up scheme – which will soon be piloted in Wales.

Further details on the fund will be released later in the summer.

Read the full press release on TNLCF's website.

Bright Ideas Fund will re-open on Tuesday 6 August 2019!

Do you have a bright idea for a community business? Need a bit of help developing it and making it a reality? Then this is the fund for you. Bright Ideas provides business development support, grants of up to £15,000, and opportunities to learn from other community businesses. 

Bright Ideas is interested in community groups, associations and organisations who have a good idea for a community business but need advice and a small amount of revenue funding to develop, test and get to the stage of launching their community business. The Fund remains open to applications from aspiring community businesses working anywhere in England and in any sector

The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

For more information visit the website

Hays Travel Foundation

The Hays Travel Foundation was set up in 2015 with the main focus being on creating a brighter future for young people who need a bit of help to develop their potential.

To be eligible, organisations must be working to help young people (up to 25 years) in at least one of the following areas:

  • Education.
  • Prevention of poverty.
  • Health.
  • Arts and culture.
  • Sports.

Registered charities in need of financial aid to support their overall mission or a particular project can apply for a grant by completing the application form. Please note that the focus of the Hays Travel Foundation is on helping young people in the areas where Hays Travel operates. Grants range from £3,000 to £15,000 with grants of up to £30,000 given in some circumstances.

In addition each individual shop gets involved in fundraising for a good cause of their choice through the development of a local community partnership.

For more information visit the Hays Travel Foundation website

Masonic Charitable Foundation

There are two funding streams currently open for applications:

Early Years
The early years grants are about giving children and young people from vulnerable families the best possible start in life.

Later Life
Later life grants are about helping to reduce loneliness amongst older people.

Across both of these themes the main criteria is the same.


Small Grants
Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years.

The next deadline is 27th September 2019.


Large Grants
Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years. Grants are between £10,000 and £80,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £60,000.

The next deadline for first stage applications is 19th August.


For more information visit the website.

Contract: Service to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support

Northumberland County Council is seeking tenders to establish a Contract to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support at a time of crisis.

The aim is to provide short term assistance to families requiring additional support as part of a range of early intervention and prevention services designed to prevent children becoming “looked after”. The aim is to stabilise families preventing child neglect and abuse and reducing the flow of children going into Looked After Care, thereby improving outcomes.

The service should be able to offer bespoke packages of support, delivered through a network of volunteers providing a community solution for families in crisis or in need of support. The aim is to develop strong relationships between volunteers and families, strengthening family capacity and promoting self-sufficiency through both modelling behaviours and providing support for positive parenting.

It is anticipated that up to 65 families per year will require support, based predominantly within the South East Northumberland area with development over the lifetime of the contract in support required in the north and west of the County.

The value of the contract will be capped at £75,000 per annum, including all expenses. Further details of the Contracting Authority’s requirements under the contract and other relevant information are given in the Specification at Schedule 2.

Register on the Pro-contract website for further details.

Deadline for EOI is 16/08/2019.

Contract: Home Care Flexible Purchasing System

This contract is for the provision of home care services for adults with care and support needs, whether funded under social care legislation, as NHS Continuing Health Care, or as aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act.

The aim of the Service is to enable Service Users receiving home and community support to remain in the environment of their choice for as long as possible and to enable them to lead a good quality of life.

The contract opportunity is split into ten Lots based on geographical regions within Northumberland. Within each Lot there operates a three tiered system, with a single ‘Preferred Provider’ in place at Tier 1 who has a right of first refusal for each referral available within that Lot. If the Tier 1 Provider does not respond to the referral within a short timescale, or cannot meet the need, then the referral will be offered to the Providers within Tier 2. Similarly if no Tier 2 Provider responds, or cannot meet the need within a short timeframe then the referral will be offered to any Providers on the third Tier.

This Flexible Purchasing System was established on 1st April 2019, however new applications are now welcome for appointment to Tier 2 and Tier 3 positions on each Lot.

Full details can be found here.